Thousands of learners in South Africa still do not have identity documents (IDs). Without this document, learners will not be able to write the matric exam.
Dr. Interior Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Friday that his department had received a report from the Department of Basic Education stating that 637 767 learners in the country did not have IDs at this stage.
This revelation was made during Motsoaledi’s announcement on measures that will apply to the Department of Home Affairs during Level 2 of the isolation period.
According to Motsoaledi, those who have never applied for an ID book or ID card can apply for this document for the first time during level 2 of the isolation period.
South Africans abroad who urgently need to return home can also now apply for an emergency passport, the minister said.
Other measures that apply during level 2 include:
- All temporary identity certificates issued during the disaster and have not expired by this past Tuesday are now being extended until 31 October.
- People who have a temporary ID that was issued during the disaster and has expired in the meantime, can now apply for their permanent ID (ID card or ID book).
- People can now apply to have personal details edited or corrected.
According to Motsoaledi, those who applied for ID cards and passports before the introduction of the overall nationwide isolation can now collect these documents from the various banks that act in collaboration with the department. However, the documents can only be collected on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the bank’s working hours.
However, new applications are not allowed during level 2 and the department’s online portal remains out of order.
The minister said this morning that since March 27, with the introduction of the overall nationwide isolation until last Tuesday, his department had already issued 347,787 temporary IDs, of which 65,129 had already expired.
A total of 195 474 passports were issued during this period, although they were mostly issued to people involved in essential services during the overall nationwide isolation.
The department’s immigration officials took turns assisting 839,004 people to cross the country’s borders under the permissible conditions.
According to Motsoaledi, most of these people are foreign nationals who have returned to their countries and South Africans who have returned from abroad.